Tech Thursday | 23 February 2017
Differentiation with Digital Tools
Google Classroom has recently been updated with a new feature that better allows for differentiation. Instead of assigning an assignment to the entire class, the teacher now has the option to select smaller groups of students to complete any given assignment.
Process - In Google Classroom, teachers can provide students with different ways of making sense of the newly acquired information. For example, a graphic organizer in Pages, Cornell Notes in Google Docs, or a video summary in iMovie.
Product - In Google Classroom, teachers can post scoring guides students can use to guide their learning. Then students can show mastery using open-ended questions in Keynote, lab reports in Numbers, or simply allowing the student to choose the best way to show understanding.
$100,000 for Students | $50,000 for Teachers
WHAT IS THE PARADIGM CHALLENGE?
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration to make a difference. The 2016-17 Challenge aims to generate new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world.
WHO CAN JOIN THE CHALLENGE?
Youth aged 4 to 18 (as of May 1, 2017) compete in three age divisions: Ages 4 to 8 ● Ages 9 to 13 ● Ages 14 to 18
WHAT TYPES OF ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED?
We welcome all ideas, including posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help reduce waste.
HOW WILL WINNERS BE SELECTED?
A blue-ribbon panel of judges will evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into real-world solutions.
Deadline: May 1, 2017
What is your favorite iPad app to use with students and why?
My personal favorite would have to be Google Classroom with how easy grading becomes, but specific to students, I like the app Educreations. Educreations is a digital whiteboard app that lets students explore and create their own presentations or examples. It allows recordings of both drawings and voice so students can express their understanding over certain topics.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I enjoy competing and participating in recreational sports hosted by city leagues and rec centers. My current obsession is indoor volleyball and I practice/compete 2 to 3 days a week.